Chief, Census Experiments Branch, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Joan Hill is chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Census Experiments Branch in the Decennial Statistical Studies Division.
She has had a leadership role in the design and analysis of research projects aimed at collecting reliable and accurate census race and Hispanic origin data for the past 14 years. She designed the statistical sample and produced the primary race and Hispanic origin estimates for both the 1996 Race and Ethnic Targeted Test and the National Content Test, the results of which were paramount in the design of the race and Hispanic origin portion of the 2000 Census. In 2003, her team designed and analyzed the 2003 National Census Test of race and Hispanic origin, which fed into the 2010 Census design. She has presented her research designs and results at various American Statistical Association professional meetings, as well as the American Association for Public Opinion Research conferences.
Hill was part of the team of Census Bureau experts who provided leadership and guidance for the 2010 Census Alternative Questionnaire Experiment. She led a team that developed the Alternative Questionnaire Experiment sample and survey design, produced statistical estimates of key population measures, and provided the technical and methodological support for the various research components.
Hill received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and English from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland.
She lives in Highland, MD, with her husband and three daughters.